Pat Halcox contributed so much to the sound of traditional jazz in Europe and his huge influence is well documented in the hundreds of Chris Barber's Jazz Band and, later, Chris Barber Jazz and Blues Band recordings.
Despite the fact the Chris claims most of the credit for the success of the band, I always thought that it was Pat who dictated the sound and style of the band/s. The old band with Pat Halcox, Monty Sunshine, Lonnie Donnegan and Ottilie Patterson was absolutely the major influence in my early playing and I still use them as a guide of how to tackle some of the old warhorse jazz standards. "Stevedore Stomp", "Bobby Shaftoe", "Hiawatha Rag", "Storyville Blues", "Lord, Lord, Lord", "Chimes Blues", "The Martinique", "It's Tight Like That", "The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise", "Perdido Street Blues", the list goes on and on. I know every note that Pat Played. Unfortunately I also know every note that Chris Barber played and I have admitted many times that I have never been able to totally eliminate Chris's influence from my playing. Pat's thoughtful phrasing and constructive building of excitement, I would never want to eliminate.
Here is that old band in 1955. Any one of those suited jivers could have been me. We were a pretty smart, well-dressed lot, you know. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlkgaIp4wl8
And here they are in 1990 with grey hair at a reunion concert:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZH4z3y0JIshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YY5Hp2_BL2E
And here is Pat with the Jazz & Blues Band doing a trumpet/cornet feature on "Stardust":http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XltVY52Ke7A
Vale Pat. What a great life gig! Thank you so much.